FREEDOM OF THE PRESS:
Soulful Creations from the 2013-2014 Letterpress Classes at INDEPENDENT PROJECT PRESS
August 8th through September 12th, 2014
One Red Thread
One Red Thread
Letterpress letterhead in typewriter
Wedding Invitation typesetting in chase
Vote No! poster on telephone pole
Independent Project Press is pleased to announce FREEDOM OF THE PRESS : Soulful Creations from the 2013-2014 Letterpress Classes at Independent Project Press. This latest exhibition in The Project Room features the exquisite and diverse creations of 29 local letterpress enthusiasts who have participated in Introduction to Letterpress Printing and subsequent Letterpress Lab workshops. This exhibition is testament to the bountiful creative energy and unique vision of these Eastern Sierra residents:
In June of 2013, Bruce & Karen Licher began offering Introduction to Letterpress Printing at their Independent Project Press letterpress studio in downtown Bishop. During the four class sessions each participant learns the age-old process of letterpress printing (including typesetting by hand using cast metal type), and then designs and creates a printed piece of their own using our vintage hand-fed Chandler & Price platen presses. Once a student has completed the 4-week course, they have the opportunity to continue working on projects in periodic Letterpress Labs, where for an hourly fee they are welcome to use the resources of Independent Project Press to work on a new project, or to continue creating a more elaborate project which may not have been possible to complete during the 4 class sessions.
A wide range of beautiful printed objects were created during these classes and workshops: book covers and CD packages; business cards & business or personal stationery; various types of note cards & greeting cards; note books & an address book; a small poster & art prints; hand-printed “feathers” for a local artist’s sculpture project; an exquisite local wedding invitation. All of these items will be on display in The Project Room, some with accompanying stories about their creation, or additional materials that show how these projects were used or seen in the world outside of the studio.